Charles F. “Fred” Richey

Jun 11th, 1927 - Dec 21st, 2020

Visitation:

Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2020 10 am - 12 pm

Service:

Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2020 12 pm

Burial:

Coal Bank Springs Cemetery

Mon, Dec. 28th, 2020

Charles F. “Fred” Richey

Charles F. “Fred” Richey, age 93, of Pittsburg, passed away peacefully at 3:49 pm on Monday, December 21, 2020 at the Carrier Mills Nursing Home with his loving family by his side.

Fred was born at home in Stonefort on June 11, 1927, the son of Darwin and Ruby (Roper) Richey.  He married Helen Etherton on June 11, 1950 in Crab Orchard and they shared over 57 years of marriage.  She preceded him in death on August 8, 2007.

Fred was a member of Center Baptist Church in Crab Orchard. He retired from Freeman Coal Company.  Fred was a proud World War II Army Veteran who was also a member of the Marion American Legion Post 147, the United Mine Workers of America, the Williamson County Farm Bureau, and the Southern Illinois University Alumni Association.

Survivors include his children and grandchildren:

Dan & Pam Richey and their children, Sybil (Andrew) Young and William Richey

Tom & Cheryl Richey and their children Sarah (Andrew) Head, David (Aisha) Richey, Gregory (Katie) Conte, and Rachel (Ryan) Rose

Polly & Mark Brinker and their children Jennifer (Nathan) Sharbono, Kurt (Mandy) Brinker, Melissa (Wade) Poole and Heather (Jason) Kees

22 great grandchildren with two more on the way.  

Preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother- Ted Richey.  

Funeral services will be held at 12pm on Monday, December 28, 2020 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion with Pastor Jason Kees officiating. Burial will follow in Coal Bank Springs Cemetery with military rites presented by Marion VFW Post #1301, American Legion Post #147 and the National Guard Flag Detail Unit.  Visitation will be held from 10-12pm on Monday, December 28, 2020 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home.


Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, social distancing and the wearing of masks will be required

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the Carmi Baptist Children’s Home & Family Services. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home; 800 N. Market Street; Marion, IL 62959.



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7 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Cheryl Blumenstock Milburn

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 24, 2020

    Dan, Tom and Polly, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May the knowledge that you’ll be reunited in Heaven one day bring you comfort. Both of my parents are gone now too and knowing I’ll see them again brings me great comfort. I’m so sorry I won’t get to see you in person as I’ll be in Tennessee with my kids and grandkids. Otherwise, I’d be there to get/give some friends like family hugs. Your family has always been very special to me. May God give you comfort as only He can, and know that you are loved. God bless you all.

  • Guest: Terry Rendleman

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 24, 2020

    Dan, Tom, Polly and Family
    So sorry to learn of Fred’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with your Dad.
    It is comforting to know that he has been reunited with your Mom.
    Will keep your families in our prayers.

  • Guest: Carla (Turner)McNeely

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 25, 2020

    So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. Fred and Helen were good friends to our family and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Our prayers are with you.

  • Guest: joann jeralds

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 27, 2020

    Dear Polly, Tom & Dale,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. I remember how kind your Dad & Mom were to us when we moved here in 1970. They helped us learn about getting heat thru a coal furnace & how to get the coal delivered, having water delivered to fill up our well on the back porch and even shared your blue & White pop-up camper for 1 of our many large Mangan-family get-together! Personally, I learned of a life of a coal miner from your Dad… specifically your Mom packing his lunch in the silver metal bucket! I remember sitting at your kitchen table for a breakfast that could have fed a dozen families!! My childhood memories from 12 years on includes many many times with your wonderful family! God blessed you 3 with wonderful parents…. and thank you for sharing them with me!! love, joann (mango) mangan jeralds

  • Guest: joann jeralds

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 27, 2020

    Dear Polly, Tom, & Danny,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your Dear Fatehers passing. I remember how kind your parents were to us when we moved here to Crab Orchard in 1970. They helped us to learn about using coal for heat, how to get coal delivered to our house, and to get water delivered for the well on our back porch, and they even shared their blue & white camper for 1 of our many large Mangan family gatherings. Personally, I learned about the life of a coal miner from your Dad, specifically your Mom filling his “silver metal bucket” for his lunch.
    I remember sitting at your kitchen table for breakfast … so much food that it could have fed several families! You 3 were blessed with wonderful parents and I want to thank you for sharing them with me. I will keep you all in my prayers, love Joann Mangan Jeralds

  • Guest: John Otey

    From: Makanda, Illinois

    Date: December 28, 2020

    Polly, Tom, and Dan; I was saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing. Even though we were related, it seemed more relevant that we had grown up around each other in Crab Orchard and I will never forget the memories of the three of you and your parents Fred and Helen. I have been putting flowers on your Mom each Memorial Day since her passing so now I’ll do for both of them there at Coal Bank. And as long as I’m able, your Dad will have a flag on Memorial Day. That comes from a promise made to my Grandpa years ago-no Veterans in our Family are to be without a flag for honor and remembrance. I love you all and please know my wife and I are lifting your whole Family up in prayers of comfort, understanding, support, and God’s perfect Grace that only He can offer to us. Be safe and well as you travel back to your homes. ❤️❤️✝️✝️

  • Guest: Dennis Doughty-Costas

    From: Houston , Texas

    Date: December 29, 2020

    Thoughts and prayers for the Richey Family. May God be near.